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About KotlinRace
It all began in 2014
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The history of KOTLINRACE began in 2014, when the first swimmers took part in the test swim. On that year, within the KOTLINRACE project, 3 teams and 1 swimmer finished. At the same time, information about this swim appeared on Russian and international information portals ("Adventure Race: adventure racing and multisport"; underwater portal Tethys; Open water swimming Europe).
In 2015, the number of solo finishers at a distance of 25 km increased to 10, and the start became a part of Global Swim Series: THE LARGEST SWIM SERIES IN THE WORLD. Thus, KOTLINRACE became the only swim in Russia representing open water marathon swimming in this series.
In the same year the first female team took part in the swim (M. Ivanova, A. Striganova, T. Stolyarenko) and the oldest participant was Vladimir Kostetsky (54 years old). Since then, KOTLINRACE has also been mentioned in Openwaterpedia, a unique multilingual online research and development portal dedicated to open water swimming.
In March 2016, a presentation of the KOTLINRACE swim was held at the Moscow International Convention for Cyclic Sports "3start" at the Crocus-Expo. And in May, the swim supported St. Petersburg charity marathon. In the same 2016, a swimmer from Europe - Marco Henrichs ( Germany) took part in the swim for the first time.

In 2017, the swim became truly All-Russian: sportsmen from Kazan, Moscow, Kolomna, Penza, Kemerovo, Samara, Vladivostok, Tomsk, Saratov, Inta and Volgograd, as well as foreign swimmers from Riga ( Latvia) and Dubai (UAE) took part.
Today KOTLINRACE can be called the fastest developing marathon swim in Russia, regarding the number of participating solo swimmers, as well as interest in swimming in the world of open water swimming. A rather young KOTLINRACE Swim keeps up with the times and trends in the development of open water swimming in domestic and world practice.
KotlinRace is carried out in accordance with the requirements and rules set by the organizers. Rules are based on international regulations. The organizers recommend to pay attention to a number of points that must be observed before the swim and during it. Therefore, we ask you to read carefully the instructions below.
Hydrometeorological description of the swim
The distance between the start and the finish is 25 km as the crow flies. According to statistics, the average swim distance is 26.5 km (due to wind and waves).

KotlinRace is held from June to September inclusive. In June and September, the water temperature is 14-17 degrees. From the second half of July to the end of August, this figure can reach 17-20 degrees, sometimes the water warms up to 21-23 degrees. But in terms of weather, the region is complex and unpredictable. In July, it may snow (as it was in 2017) or the surface of water can warm up to 28 degrees (as happened in 2018).

During the first 3 km of the swim, the flow of the Neva helps, and the speed of swimmers can increase by 1- 2 km / h. The water is usually calm, but its temperature is 2-3 degrees lower than near the bay, since the Neva flows out of the cold Ladoga Lake. Further, after moving from the mouth of the river to the bay, a lot depends on the wind. The direction and force of the wind determine the direction of the flow and waves, and therefore swimming conditions. It happens that the wind blows at the back and decreases the swimmers' speed, and sometimes there is a side or head wind. Weather conditions for the swim are assessed by the organizers using forecasts from several sources and reported to swimmers on the eve of the start.

The organizers select suitable weather for swimmers, depending on their level. The organizers have long-term experience in organizing this particular swim, so they know exactly what they are doing. If you hear the command about changing the time of the start in good weather, it means that in the next few hours the weather is going to get much worse, and, with your level of training, the organizers cannot guarantee a successful finish. Trust the organizers, wait for the "start" command.

There can also be such a weather, in which no swims are held, yachts do not go out to the bay, and normal people do not go outside. In this case, you will have to wait for the weather to get better, which may take several days, or, on the contrary, shift the start a few days ahead until the storm has come. Dear non-resident participants! Mind that the swim may take a few days. Dear participants from Petersburg! Get ready to ask for a day off at work. It is better to enjoy pleasant eight-hour swim in good weather than to suffer for 12 hours in bad weather.

According to weather conditions, the swim can begin (and end) at any time. The organizers want to start swimming after breakfast and finish by dinner, just like you want. Instead, the beginning may take place at lunchtime, and you will have reached the Kronshtadt beach only by 2 a.m. If this happened, believe that it was better for you. By evening, the wind and the waves usually subside, and if your level of training is medium or lower, it is better to finish swimming in calm water, even at night. Security first and foremost, and the organizers are pursuing your interests only as the second priority.
Basic rules of KotlinRace
1. The swim is held in the categories of Solo (1 swimmer), Double Team (relay race, 2 participants), Triple Team (relay race, 3 participants)

2. Options for KotlinRace distances:

2.1 distance of 25 km as the crow flies from the start (Yelagin Island, 59.978785, 30.246822) to the finish (Kronshtadt City Beach, 59.985362, 29.801178)
2.2 Double KotlinRace (in two ways)
2.3 Triple KotlinRace (in three ways)

3. It is forbidden to use
- warming ointments
- audio headphones and other playing media.

4. Swim is regarded as successfully completed when the swimmer has reached a natural point on the coast of the island of Kotlin. If, due to weather conditions, touching the coast is not possible, but the distance covered is considered sufficient to count the swim, the escort boat should be touched (it is possible in exceptional cases at the discretion of the organizers).

5. A swimmer (swimmers) must not receive help from the outside, nor should they touch the side of an escort boat or other means of swimming. Remote assistance is allowed, as well as assistance in exceptional cases (boarding a boat in order to avoid imminent danger, such as the closeness of a vessel, a storm, a thunderstorm, lightning, etc.).

6. A swimmer (swimmers) must have a valid medical certificate. This may be a certificate in the form of the organizers, signed by a doctor who must check all the health indicators specified in the form. A certificate, issued in the form of a medical institution with the obligatory specification "certificate for participation in competitions in open water swimming at a distance of 10 km or more", is also applicable.

7. Consumption of any type of stimulants is completely prohibited before and during the swim. In such cases, the completion of the race will not be counted. The use of food additives prepared beforehand by the athlete himself is allowed.

8. The insurance policy must cover the date of the swim. Since due to weather conditions the date may be shifted, and the policy is paid for each day of coverage, we recommend you to arrange the policy either after confirming the start date or for an interval of 2-7 days. If necessary, the organizers will tell you the contacts of the partner insurance company and will take into account the online insurance in paperless form.

The organizers make every effort to ensure that the swim is safe. However, the organizers are not responsible for any accidents happening to the swimmer during participation in the swim, the consequences of any accident will be covered by the insurance of participants.

9. A swimmer or (in the case of a relay race) at least one person from the team (or accompanying person) must speak Russian or English.

10. When overcoming the distance, the captain of the escort boat is the person who makes the final decision about the safety of the swimmer. When solo swimming, it is forbidden to touch the boat from the moment of the starting signal to the final touch of the shore; for team swimming, touching the boat is prohibited for the swimmer in the water between passing of the baton. After touching the shore, the swimmer needs to go to the shore independently and raise the hand up.

11. A swimmer (a team) and all accompanying personnel must have passport and insurance policies with them on board the escort boat.
Registration fee (solo)
1.25 000 russian rubles (small boat - is recommended unless you take photographers, cameramen, a large support team with you)

2. 37 000 russian rubles (yacht or speedboat, it is recommended if all or one of listed above is present)

3. +40% to the registration fee - the cost for each additional swimmer when participating in one swim if accompanied by one team (no more than 3 participants in one swim). Also applicable to conditions, specified in other paragraphs of the rules.

4. + 90% of the registration fee - the additional cost of each section when swimming in two or three ways (up to 10 hours).

5. To book the date of the swim, the participant must pay the amount of the organization fee.

6. The registration fee includes the swim time of 10 hours from the moment of start, boat rental, captain work, transfer to the start point, a finisher package in case of successful overcoming of the distance (certificate, map, medal, memorable prize, photo).

7. For each swim hour after 10 hours from the start, the participant will have to make an additional contribution of 3 000 russian rubles per 1 hour (small boat) or 5 000 russian rubles per 1 hour (yacht or speedboat). An additional fee is paid for 3 hours of sailing over 10 hours (9,000 / 15,000) before the swim and is refunded proportionally if the result is less than 13 hours.

8. The registration fee does not include food and equipment for the start of the swimmer, insurance.
Registration fee (team, 2 participants)
1. 28 000 russian rubles₽(small boat - is recommended unless you take photographers, cameramen, a large support team with you)

2. 40 000 russian rubles (yacht or speedboat, it is recommended if all or one of listed above is present)

Paragraphs 3–8 are equal to those in the "Registration fee (solo)" section.
Registration fee (team, 3 participants)
1. 33 000 russian rubles₽(small boat - is recommended unless you take photographers, cameramen, a large support team with you)

2. 45 000 russian rubles (yacht or speedboat, it is recommended if all or one of listed above is present)

Paragraphs 3–8 are equal to those in the "Registration fee (solo)" section.
Tale of disagreement
One team joined to participate in the KotlinRace swim a week before the start day. Participants did not know one another's level of physical training and psychological characteristics of behavior and perception of possible difficulties. And these difficulties did not make the team wait long and began to test the team cohesion of the swimmers from the very beginning.

As a result, it was not possible to finish, as the level of the disagreements exceeded the acceptable level for the continuation of the swim.

Moral: only hard team work and mutual support will help achieve the goals.
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